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Find out more information about current book displays and find bibliographies of past book displays here!


Many of the resources in the book displays are available electronically!  Check out the bibliographies for more information.



March 2018 Displays

Mayday, Mayday!

We'd like to alert your attention to our new displays. Our book displays include one on Ramadan and one on the DU Pow Wow. Our DVD displays include a section on Japan, mobs and gangs, and Gael García Bernal. Come to Anderson Academic Commons to have a look for yourself or explore the online books and films you can read and watch from home! 

Click on a PDF links below for the entire list of resources featured in this month's displays! 



Book Displays

- Ramadan: Issues in Contemporary Islam 

The Muslim month of Ramadan is expected to begin in the United States on May 15 and to last through June 14. Characterized by fasting during daylight hours and feasts with family and friends after sunset, Muslims consider the month a time for spiritual renewal and introspection, with a focus on reading and studying the Qur’an, and dedication to self-improvement and good deeds. Ramadan culminates with the Night of Power—Laila al-Qadr in Arabic—which Muslims believe commemorates Muhammad’s first revelations from the Angel Gabriel, who is well-known in the Jewish and Christian traditions. Muslims mark the end of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr, the first of two major Islamic festivals each year. Muslims all over the world consider Ramadan a joyous time—a month to celebrate, and you can wish them Ramadan Mubarak (blessed/happy Ramadan)!

University Libraries celebrates Ramadan this May with the DU Muslim Student Association with a book display focused not only on the month itself, but also on various topics in contemporary Islam. For the curious and uninitiated observer, books and DVDs offering a brief and basic introduction to the Qur’an, the Islamic faith, and the month of Ramadan are available, but our display also includes children’s literature and items related to Islam, feminism and women’s studies. Beyond this, a significant focus of the book display is Islam in America, from Muslim Africans enslaved in the earliest days of the United States through Islamic evangelical missions of the 20th century to today’s post-9/11 environment, when Muslims in America still face many challenges. For Islam is not just a religion practiced in Arab, African, and South Asian countries—instead, Muslims are our neighbors and colleagues, both in the United States and Colorado! Consider these facts about Islam in America from Dr. Andrea Stanton, University of Denver Islamic Studies professor:

  • Muslims currently make up the third-largest religious community in the United States, and are projected to become the second-largest religious community later this century.
  • Scholars date the earliest Muslims in North America to the 1500s.
  • 10-35% of Africans enslaved and taken to the United States were Muslim.
  • There are 19 mosques in the Denver area, and an estimated 30+ across Colorado.
  • Every state in the country has at least one mosque.
  • The first Muslim American was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2006: Representative Keith Ellison, of Minnesota.
  • Muslim Americans are racially and ethnically diverse. Approximately 40% identify as white, nearly 30% as Asian, and roughly 20% as black.

So stop by our Islam display, open a book, check out a video, and learn about Ramadan and related Islamic topics, from New Perspectives on the Qur’an to Taqwacore, a brand of American Islamic punk rock!

- Pow Wow

The Pow Wow book display was created in support of DU’s 8th Annual New Beginnings Pow Wow, which will be held on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at the Magness Arena. The event is free to attend! For more information on the event please follow the link to their website:

Pow Wows are Native American gatherings that bring people together for dancing, signing, and engaging with friends and family. We hope that our display will give you the ability to learn more about these important cultural traditions.

DVD Displays

- Japan - 

Our Japan DVD display highlights a variety of Japanese films including well-known anime films like “Spirited Away” and “The Wind Rises”. If anime is not your thing, we also have a selection of documentaries, action films, and more.

- Gael García Bernal

This DVD display highlight films featuring Gael García Bernal, a Mexican actor, model, and producer. Most recently known for his role in Coco, Bernal has played many roles including drama, action, and romance.

- Mobs and Gangs - 

Hang on to your seat with these thrilling classics in our Mobs and Gangsters DVD display featuring the “Godfather” and “Goodfellas” to name a few.